2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: Dizzying Display
April 05, 2012
A pet peeve of mine (well, of the vehicle design variety) is a cluttered information display. I don't like this "not at a glance" readability that our Fiat 500 displays, nor do I care for it in the Sonic. In particular, it's the trip computer's average MPG function that bugs me.
Do we really need a cute graphic showing a car driving towards a fuel pump? And I think that "MPG" is recognizable enough that it could be used instead of "miles/gal". So I'd rather have it just show "14.6 avg MPG" and eliminate the clutter atop the digits. And before you panic at the number itself, note that this shot was taken just after the Sonic's track testing.
Yes, this is nit picking, but overall I think highly of the Sonic as it has so much in its favor -- a spirited driving demeanor, a roomy cabin, comfortable seats and good fuel economy. It would be on my short list if I were shopping or making a recommendation for a subcompact.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 5,961 miles